GAPS diet generally is not a Ketogenic diet.

It is my desire to follow the GAPS diet for nutritional healing of the gut and therefore the brain and the rest of the body.  I will also use the macros of the Ketogenic diet to control body fat.

This week I have to reevaluate those macros with the GAPS diet.  Read on to understand why.

Dr. Natasha McBride writes, “in my opinion, what unites all these diets (Ketogenic, MCT, Modified Atkins and Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) diets) is the low carbohydrate content, in particular the exclusion of heavy starchy complex carbohydrates.

The GAPS diet does the same: all starch and complex carbohydrates are removed.

As we have discussed in this book (Gut and Psychology Syndrome, see Footnote 2), carbohydrates, particularly starch and refined sugars, feed pathogens in the body: in the gut and everywhere else. By severely restricting carbohydrates in the diet the activity of pathogens in the body is also severely restricted. Footnote 3.

Here is the truth: the vast majority of all cells in the body use fats as a source of energy: your heart, your muscles, your inner organs, etc. Whenever fat is used as a source of energy ketone bodies are created.”

GAPS diet generally is not a Ketogenic diet.Every person needs to find the right individual balance between meats and vegetables. If you are predominantly malnourished you need to have more building foods, which are animal foods. If you are predominantly toxic, then you need to eat more vegetables for a while.

I updated my blog as result of Dr. McBride’s message and my own experience. The update is posted here and in this Post dated March 17, 2018.

Protein reduction is the best way to slow aging and chronic diseases.

UPDATE: After living at 42 grams of carbs per day for several weeks, I decided to increase my protein intake.

My exercise program is the Super-Slow High-Intensity exercise workout by Dr. McGuff, which builds muscle during the recovery period between workouts. This building of muscle requires protein.

I increased my protein intake from 1 gram to 1.5 grams per lean body mass (from 42 to 70 grams per day). As a result, I feel stronger and I have increased the weights I am lifting at the gym.

I did this based on what I read on page 60 of the book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (footnote 4) by Drs. Volek and Phinney, which says, ” generations of power athletes have made the empirical observation that they train and compete better on proportionately hight protein intakes (e.g., 1.5 to 2.5 grams per kg.).

Footnote 1: Source: GAPS book page 82.

Footnote 2: GAPS Book available at Amazon

Footnote 3: Source

Footnote 4:  The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

Next week, I will complete the series with Part 3: Getting Touch with the Body’s Wisdom. In it this video she talks about how your body tells you what to eat and when.

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